Merchantville School is a one district school that lies at the physical and emotional heart of this historic town. It benefits from unusually high levels of community involvement. Parents, community members, teachers, students, and staff all take an active role in how the school operates and work to maintain and improve the quality of education offered.
We recognize that every Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade student has individual needs and they all have strengths. Our goal is to meet these needs and see that every child develops to his or her fullest potential. Merchantville School is a choice school serving 41 students for the 2013-2014 school year.
We continue to offer a low teacher to student ratio with a variety of different academic enrichment opportunities for our students to be challenged. In addition to instruction in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, students cycle through a variety of specials which include Computer Technology, Art, Music, World Language and Health / Physical Education. Our curriculum stresses not only the basics, but also requires students to apply what they know by solving complex, real life problems. There are numerous extracurricular activities, such as band, chorus, yearbook, student council, garden club, art club, naturalist club, a school musical, National Junior Honor Society, team sports, and an after school enrichment program.
Basic Skills instruction both inside and outside the regular classroom, Speech / Language, English Language services, Resource Center, and other special education alternatives are available based on identified student needs. Our teachers work closely to utilize the available resources to identify students that are in need of extra services and find ways to meet the needs of individual students.
Thanks to a generous bequest from Merchantville residents Walter and Marie J. Carroll, Merchantville students enjoy enrichment activities that may not be offered in other schools. This year almost $34,000 will be spent for a visiting author to come to school, academic contests, day long and overnight field trips, an artist-in-residence program, assemblies, and a summer music program. The Marie J. Carroll Foundation also provides funds for college scholarships. This past year over $127,000 in scholarships, were given to our resident graduates in support of their post secondary education.
Merchantville School has a long tradition of serving the community and reflecting its unique spirit. There is a strong emphasis on community responsibility and caring in our school. A full range of academic, athletic, and cultural programs are offered to give our children the strong foundation they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Small class sizes, strong community involvement, and a highly dedicated teaching staff are integral parts of the overall program. We are very proud of our students, our school, our staff, and our community.
Mr. J. Scott Strong, Chief School Administrator / Principal(856) 663-1091